Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2013 June 18 - Morning Manna

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
(James 1:2-8)
Today's Morsel: Temptations seem to come at us from all people, places, and things. We are tempted to roll over and go back to sleep. We are tempted to sit and watch things that we know that aren't good for us. We are tempted to say things when we know that we shouldn't. We are tempted to retaliate when others do us wrong. We are tempted to buy when we don't have the money. We are tempted to eat when we know that we shouldn't. Why so much temptation? You know, scripture does not say that God will put no more on you than you can handle. Scripture does say, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). God doesn't put temptations on you, nor does He want to see what you can handle. God makes ways of escape for you. Obeying His word is always the escape route. James says, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed" (James 1:12-14). Notice, you are tempted by your own lust. And lust is always associated by and with wants. If we keep our flesh under subjection, we don't have to worry about temptations over powering us.
Sing: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

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